Climate Ready Boston is an initiative to develop resilient solutions to prepare our City for climate change. Last week, the initiative's latest report was released. It has updated climate change projections for the City of Boston, a citywide vulnerability assessment, and recommended climate resilience initiatives to address Boston’s climate risks.
At over 400 pages, the latest report about Boston's vulnerability to climate change risks isn't light reading. Below we've gathered links, images, social media stories, and videos to help digest the report's contents, and outline how you can continue to learn from this report's findings and its recommendations.
Climate Ready Boston basics
You can get an overview of the report's different sections on the main website for Climate Ready Boston here: boston.gov/climate-ready. The page is broken up into the different sections of the report, and requires an internet browser with PDF reading capabilities. If you're looking to read a printed copy, we will be distributing the full report to all Boston Public Library branches in the coming weeks (it's still hot off the printers!)
Greenovate has also compiled the news reports, videos, and articles that summarize the report and its findings; look at those various resources here: https://storify.com/GreenovateBos/climate-ready-boston-release-december-2016
Mayor Walsh Press Briefing
The Climate Ready Boston initiative is comprised of a big team -- not only is there collaboration across many different City departments, but other public agencies, non-profits, private sector groups, and the community at large. This would not be possible without Mayor Walsh's leadership to make this a priority of Boston. As long as climate change continues to be a threat to the City of Boston and its people, Mayor Walsh has committed to studying, planning, preparing, and acting on climate change.
Panel Discussion and Open House
Greenovate Boston hosted a community event to bring the report's next steps to life. Julie Wormser of Boston Harbor Now hosted a panel discussion with City staff. The panel included Chief of Environment, Energy and Open Space Austin Blackmon; Director of Planning for the Boston Planning and Development Agency, Sara Myerson; Chief of Streets, Transportation, and Sanitation Chris Osgood; and Executive Director of Imagine Boston 2030, Rebekah Emanuel. The packed room heard first hand how this report will impact the City's mission to make Boston healthy, thriving, and innovative.
Watch live video, view images, and read audience questions and answers on our story here: https://storify.com/GreenovateBos/crb-panelopenhouse
Check out all the stunning photos from the event by local photographer Dot Girl Photos.
What's Next for Climate Ready Boston
Climate Ready Boston is a unique initiative in that it is preparing Boston for climate change impacts before a major storm fueled by the changing climate. In addition to our own blog about what's next, be sure to stay up to date with Greenovate and our partners as we move into implementation, and continue to address the root causes of climate change here at home. We're lucky to have continued support from the Barr Foundation to dive deeper into the "engaged and connected communities" piece of the reports recommendations -- stay tuned for what that will look like in the new year.
A few great pieces from individuals on what we all can do now include one JP resident's own new year's resolution to fight climate change and learning more about the innovative program happening in East Boston called ClimateCARE.
Finally, Imagine Boston 2030 addresses climate change and its impacts on our decisions about the future of Boston head-on; be sure to learn how the two initiatives are linked here. You can provide your feedback to the draft Expanding Opportunity plan released by Imagine Boston 2030 earlier this month; it links climate, quality of life, housing, transportation, and many other issues of concern for Boston together in one comprehensive plan.